PUBLISHED: 14:26, Tue, Oct 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:02, Tue, Oct 20, 2020
Archaeologists in the Iraqi region of Duhok have unearthed an ancient stone artefact. And experts have now dated this coarse stone cylindrical object, which has an inscription in Greek, to 165 BC. Although archaeologists discovered the ancient item in March of this year, its age has only now been verified.
Hassan Ahmed, director of Duhok Museum, said: “An excavation team from Duhok Museum and Kurdistan Archaeology Organization in March found an antique tablet in Balyuz hills, 10km (6miles) west of Duhok city, inside the Semel district.
After careful study, we found out that the stone tablet is engraved with Hellenistic script and dates back to 165 BC
“After careful study, we found out that the stone tablet is engraved with Hellenistic script and dates back to 165 BC”.
The Hellenistic era is the historic period that followed the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC.
Mr Ahmed added the engravings had been translated into Kurdish by researchers.
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Archaeology news: Archaeologists in the Iraqi region of Duhok have unearthed an ancient stone artefa (Image: Duhok Museum)
Demetrius was a Macedonian nobleman, military leader, before ascending to the throne in 288 BC (Image: Getty)
These translators concluded the inscriptions refer to Demetrius.
This king of Macedon ruled the region in the second century BC.
Mr Ahmed added: “This discovery will pave the way for researchers to conduct further archaeological investigations in the foreseeable future [in the Kurdistan Region].”
Many sculptures, tablets, and other materials resembling ancient Greek objects have been found across the Middle East, in addition to all over modern-day Asia.
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